Do the Jacksonville Jaguars have a tough choice in their hands?
For most of the 2020 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars held the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Now that they have clinched the first overall pick, it’s believed they will use it on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
However, Justin Fields of Ohio State, the second-best quarterback prospect in this upcoming draft class just had an electrifying performance in the Sugar Bowl and led the Buckeyes to a 49-28 victory over Clemson. Could that make the team’s brass think this one through and draft Fields with the top selection?
Would the Jacksonville Jaguars really consider drafting Justin Fields?
Fields is coming off one of the most exciting performances in collegiate bowl history. While there may be more memorable games, the junior’s 78.6 completion percentage is the best among college quarterbacks that have thrown for six touchdowns in a major bowl game.
Before his Sugar Bowl performance, Fields was considered the second-best quarterback prospect in the 2021 draft class. He was 119-of-164 for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games this season. If the New York Jets had had the first overall selection and used it on Trevor Lawerence, the ‘Jags’ would likely choose Fields with the second overall. In fact, before this Jacksonville was linked to the Clemson quarterack, most mock drafts projected them to take the Ohio State quarterback.
At the time, it looked like Fields was going to be a consolation prize for the Jaguars, but after an outstanding performance in the Sugar Bowl, he will likely be viewed in a more favorable light.
The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t overreact to Fields’ recent performance.
As fantastic as Fields was against Clemson, it was just one game and scouts that had Lawrence at the top of their boards won’t likely overreact to one performance. Fields is a really talented prospect but throughout their college career, Lawerence was the better player, and it’s doubtful analysts will change their views because of one game.
Moreover, the Jaguars don’t even have a general manager at this moment and head coach Doug Marrone could be gone as soon as the season is over, so it’s not as if the current decision-makers will have a voice in the draft process.
Even if Fields got the Jaguars’ brass attention with his Sugar Bowl performance, there’s still plenty of time before the draft takes place. In the meantime, there’s no reason to believe they will scratch Lawrence’s name off their big board.